PARTYPOKER ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER LIVE TOURNAMENT IN RUSSIA

19 January

PARTYPOKER ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER LIVE TOURNAMENT IN RUSSIA

Partypoker group has announced the first partypoker Million National event in Sochi, Russia.  The newly opened, glamorous Sochi Casino and Resort in association with Poker Club Management will host the biggest live poker tournament in CIS history with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prizepool and $200,000 guaranteed for first place. 

An entertainment complex of global scale, Sochi Casino and Resort is a unique location for Russia in the style of the best casinos of Las Vegas. The five-star complex can accommodate 2,000 guests and features 70 gaming tables, 569 slot machines, two restaurants, a cabaret theater, nine bars and a variety of boutiques. Sochi has hosted the Winter Olympics and now has its first world class poker tournament with a huge guarantee.

The tournament will offer the opportunity for players to play online Day 1’s and will have a buy in of $1,100. The online Day 1 starts on partypoker on Sunday 12th March with the live tournament happening from Friday   24-27th  March.

Day

Local start time

Event

Sunday 12th March

21:00

partypoker Million Sochi Online Day 1A: $1M Gtd [1st $200K]

Sunday 19th March

21:00

partypoker Million Sochi Online Day 1B: $1M Gtd [1st $200K]

Friday 24th March

14:00

partypoker Million Sochi Day Day 1C: $1M Gtd [1st $200K]

Saturday 25th March

14:00

partypoker Million Sochi Day 1D: $1M Gtd [1st $200K]

Sunday 26th March

10:00

partypoker Million Sochi Day 1E 6-Max Turbo: $1M Gtd [1st $200K]

Sunday 26th March

14:00

partypoker Million Sochi Day 2: $1M Gtd [1st $200K]

Monday 27th March

14:00

partypoker Million Sochi Final Day: $1M Gtd [1st $200K]

Both partypoker and Sochi Casino and Resort are excited about the first partypoker Million National.

Group Head of partypoker Tom Waters said: “Hosting the first partypoker Million National event in Russia is a truly exciting opportunity for partypoker and our players. We will be the first global poker operator to offer live poker at the brand new Sochi Casino and Resort, crowning our inaugural partypoker Million National champion.” 

Artur Voskanyan, the founder of the Poker Club Management and Manager of the poker club at Sochi Casino and Resort reported how this was a such a eagered event: “We have been waiting for many years for this to happen for our poker community. It is with great pleasure that we welcome partypoker to our five-star location.

Is it legal poker on Russia?

Land-based casinos are prohibited throughout most of Russia after a crackdown in 2009 closed casinos, but there are some gambling-allowed areas like Azoz, Primorye and Sochi area pretty close to Georgia and Turkey.

 Despite land-based casinos being permitted in some parts of the country, online gambling, including poker, is currently unregulated in Russia, with all online gaming operators servicing its residents operating in a gray-market environment. In other words, while the live poker tournaments appear to be legal at the Sochi Casino and Resort, the online portion could be operating in a gray market to many, including for players in Russia.

 

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